The Liberal government doesn’t support recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the terrorists occupied in 1967 reads a letter sent to their vendors by LCBO.
The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol. Through more than 650 retail stores, catalogues, special order services and more than 210 agency stores, which provide cost effective, convenient and socially responsible access for rural consumers, the LCBO offers nearly 24,000 products annually to consumers and licensed establishments from more than 80 countries.
The LCBO also has a responsibility to the buying public to help ensure the products we sell are safe to drink and authentic. The LCBO Quality Assurance laboratory conducts more than 600,000 tests annually. This helps ensure that all products sold by the LCBO and Ontario winery outlets and beer stores comply with the federal Food and Drugs Act and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and their related regulations, as well as the LCBO’s high standards for quality and taste.
The letter reads:
July 11, 2017
To: All Sacramental Wine Vendors
On July 6, 2017, LCBO received a notification from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding wine labelled as “Product of Israel” imported previously into Canada from the following wineries:
- Psagot Winery Ltd. DN. MIzrah Binyamin, Psagot 9062400
- Shiloh Winery Ltd. Ma’ale Lecona
The CFIA clarified that “Products of Israel” would not be an accepting county of origin declaration for wine products that have been made from grapes that are grown fermented, processed, blended and finished in the West Bank occupied territory.
CFIA further advised that the government of Canada does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip). As such, wine products from these regions that are labelled as “Products of Israel” would not be acceptable and would be considered misleading as per subsection 5(1) of the Food and Drug Act. LCBO is currently working with CFIA on an action plan to ensure compliance with the notification going forward.
As you know, Section 21 (a) of the Sacramental Wine Appointment states that Vendors must comply at all times with the applicable statues, laws, by-laws, license, regulations, permits, orders, ordinances, and requirement of any federal, provincial, or municipal authority relating to the importation, purchase, sale, delivery and keeping for sale of sacramental wine.
Therefore, I am requesting that all Vendors discontinue any importation of sales or products labelled as “Product of Israel” from the wineries named above (or other located in the same regions), until further notice. We are currently seeking clarifications from the CFIA on how such wine should be labelled in order to comply with the Food and Drugs Act.
Should you have any questions or comments about this decision, please do not hesitate to contact the CFIA directly.
Best regards, (signed) Vincent Caron.
The Trudeau government could be lying when they made this statement on May 2, 2017.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in celebration of Israel Independence Day:
“Today, we join our Israeli friends and Jewish communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
“Canada was one of the first countries to officially recognize Israel, and we are proud to call Israel our partner and call Israelis our friends.
“Canada and Israel are closely linked in heart and in mind by common democratic values and close people-to-people connections. These provide the foundation of an expanding bilateral relationship, which includes ongoing efforts to promote peace and stability in the Middle East.
“Today, while we celebrate Israel’s independence, we also reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Israel and its people continue to face threats throughout the world, including here in Canada. We stand on guard against a resurgence of anti-Semitism, hate, and discrimination in all its forms.
“On this Independence Day, I am proud to renew Canada’s commitment to a safe and secure homeland for the Jewish people, and to a lasting peace between all peoples in the Middle East.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating Israel Independence Day a Yom Ha’atzmaut Sameach.
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